August 01, 2005

Jenner & Block Partners Terri L. Mascherin and Anton R. Valukas will join the 7th Circuit American Jury Project Commission, an initiative established by the 7th Circuit Bar Association that will review some of the American Bar Association’s proposed reforms aimed at strengthening the jury system in both criminal and civil trials.

From July 2005 to May 2006, the Commission will promote and test the recommendations made by the ABA’s American Jury Project, a group charged with reviewing and updating the ABA standards on the jury system.  Some of the concepts to be tested include permitting jurors to submit questions to the court, providing jurors with instructions on how to conduct their deliberations, limiting the length of jury trials, and using 12 jurors in civil cases, among other things. 

The Commission will also collect feedback from judges, lawyers, litigants and jurors, and report its findings at the 7th Circuit Bar Association 2006 Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference in Chicago for further action on the reforms.   

The Commission is headed by the Honorable James F. Holderman of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and James R. Figliulo, First Vice President of the 7th Circuit Bar Association.